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Boy's Death by Inhalant Serves as a Warning

April 09, 2000

* Re "Inhalant Suspected in Death of Boy, 12," March 21:

I know it is scant consolation to the family of Tyler Pinnick, the 12-year-old who died presumably as a result of inhalant abuse, but we used the article and tragedy to have a very good discussion with our own 11- and 12-year-olds.

Surprisingly, we found out several of our friends with children of a similar age did the same.

I doubt we are unique.

Although this will not make it easier to bear, perhaps some comfort can be received by the fact that his death may have saved several other children from a similar fate.

Our hearts go out to his family.

MARK McCARTIN

Laguna Niguel

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